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Boston Senior Living Resources

Boston is a sprawling city that offers a rich history, a high quality of life for its residents and easy access to a variety of amenities. A popular destination for history enthusiasts, Boston is an ideal retirement location for seniors who enjoy exploring parks, landmarks and public gardens. It offers a wide range of options for senior living that suit every lifestyle and budget. With its year-round events, its cultural diversity and its unique amenities, Boston is an exciting place to live.

Cost of Senior Living in Boston, MA

The Greater Boston Area has the seventh highest number of adults age 55 and older in the nation, behind the DC area and ahead of the Detroit area. However, it is the second most expensive metro area of the 30 metro areas most populated by older adults.

Because Boston is surrounded by many upscale suburban cities, it turns out that it is over 10% less expensive for seniors to live within the Boston city limits than in the metro area as a whole, according to the Senior Living Cost Index at A Place for Mom. There are, however, a few suburban cities that are more affordable than Boston, including Brockton, Brighton, Chelsea and Mattapan. Brockton and Chelsea are among the top 10 poorest cities in Massachusetts.

How Senior Living Costs Compare to Residential Real Estate

  • Home prices in the Boston area increased by 4.4% from 2014 to 2015 according to Redfin, a national real estate brokerage.
  • Senior living costs increased by 2.5% in the state of Massachusetts during that same period.
  • Homes in the Boston area stayed on market for an average of 51 days in 2015.

It is no surprise that high-income cities make the top of the list. Consider Weston (home to FedX CEO Anant Agarwal, and Stephen Pagliuca, co-owner of the Boston Celtics), Wellesley (home to notable Wellesley and Babson Colleges) and Sudbury (boasting a median household income of over $160K). In such places, you’ll find not only the most expensive senior living communities in Massachusetts, but some of the most expensive in the US.

Five Most Expensive Cities for Senior Living in the Boston Area (Monthly)

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Five Least Expensive Cities for Senior Living in the Boston Area (Monthly)

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Assisted Living

Memory Care


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Median Senior Living Costs

Boston, MA

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Senior Living in Boston, MA is:

  • 14.6% less expensive than the state of Massachusetts
  • 9.3% less expensive than the Northeast region
  • 11.9% more expensive than the nation as a whole

Use our Senior Living Cost Index to learn more about senior living costs in your area.

Professional Senior Services

Explore the Directory to find local senior products and services that meet the needs of you and your family.

Alzheimer's & Dementia


We are proud to be a strong statewide affiliate of the national Alzheimer's Association, the largest non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and professionals and working to find effective treatments and a cure for Alzheimer's.


The Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center aims to reduce the human and economic costs of Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of knowledge.


The Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center is dedicated to accelerating the discovery of effective treatments and cures for Alzheimer's disease.

Elder Law Attorneys

Connelly Law Offices, Ltd. is an elder law practice specializing in estate planning, probate law and a variety of fiduciary services. Our firm handles a wide range of legal matters affecting seniors or disabled individuals including issues related to health care, long-term care planning, retirement, Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, guardian and conservatorships, real estate, wealth management and elder exploitation litigation. We proudly serve Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Martha's Vineyard.


The Massachusetts court can appoint a Guardian to make some or all personal decisions on the adult’s behalf. A guardianship protects the adult’s rights and independence and can be limited to areas where the adult’s ability is impaired.

Greogry T. Pearce


The Law Offices of Gregory T. Pearce has the experience and the expertise to help avoid the financial issues associated with the cost of long-term care. We can help you start the process of understanding the requirements surrounding Medicaid eligibility and to implement the planning and application process.

Attorney Prousalis is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He focuses his practice on Medicaid and Estate planning. He works with families planning for end of life, business succession and legacy planning. He also works extensively with families with elders in crisis handling guardianship and conservatorship petitions as well as filing Medicaid applications.

Financial Advisors

Clear View Wealth Advisors

(617) 398-7494

Steve Stanganelli, CFP®, CRPC®, AEP® is the principal of Clear View Wealth Advisors, a fee-only fiduciary financial planning firm based in Massachusetts and serving clients nationwide. Clear View offers the ‘Senior Helper Assistance Program’ which focuses on helping seniors or their family members and caregivers prepare when considering a senior living transition. This service helps clients evaluate healthcare options as well as prepares plans to protect estates through proper estate, tax and financial planning.

Health, Medical & Safety

We're a primary care office for seniors living in assisted living communities. All of our appointments will be at your community in southeastern MA. We focus on making sure you're taking only the medications you absolutely need with our team based approach.

Seniors, you don't need to live with painful foot and ankle problems that slow your mobility and interfere with active living. These problems might be treated or cured permanently with or without surgery. But, you will never know unless you ask. We specialize in helping people of all ages -- seniors are a large part of our practice -- overcome foot and walking problems. We are especially interested when judicious use of surgery can make a real difference in the life of the individual. We are often asked to consult or collaborate in cases that challenge the first physician or surgeon to address the patient. Visit our website and read the numerous testimonials from our patients.


Careway is Middlesex County’s most complete source of quality products for active, independent living and personal health care.

Home Care

We help families by taking time to understand their loved one’s needs and then customizing a care solution for their budget. Our caregivers are totally committed, highly qualified, and carefully selected individuals who are thoroughly screened, background checked, bonded, and insured. Our typical caregiver profile is a Certified Nurse Assistant (C.N.A) with experience as a caregiver. We serve the Norfolk and Suffolk county.

Real Estate Services

(617) 388-5751

HSM is a specialized real estate service dedicated to addressing the needs of the long-time homeowner in all phases of buying and selling residential real estate. We provide both the homeowner and the family with a personalized approach with the real estate process while helping to ease the stress of transitioning to the next home.

Caregivers and Seniors have unique needs and often need additional support. Moving is physically and emotionally draining. We help from the start to the finish of your move. Cleaning out, donating, working with family and caregivers and demonstrating understanding and patience.

Monroe has earned a bachelor’s in Psychology & a Master’s degree in Community Health Administration and has worked in the human service field for 20 years, including Central Boston Elder Services. He has been selling Real Estate for the past 15+ years focusing on the Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, West Roxbury and Hyde Park communities. Monroe has earned his Senior Real Estate Specialist designation, enabling him to help Seniors transition into the next phase of their lives.

I have been a Senior Real Estate Specialist for 5 years, Broker for 10 years and Real estate agent for 14 years. I have assisted the over 55 community in selling their homes and in some cases, purchasing, whether in a senior community or downsizing their homes. I have often helped family members in the sale of their parents or grandparent's homes as they transition into assisted living or nursing facilities. Great care is so important and complete understanding as well as empathy to our older citizens in these life changes are qualities that I possess. I have experienced first hand multiple times in my family the changes and the emotional weight of selling a family home for their move to assisted living and nursing facilities. If allowed, I would be as sympathetic to any situation that would require my professional skills in the real estate sector.

Maryann & Joe Watson are a mother and son real estate team with a full time administrator. They have over 50 years of combined experience advising seniors and caregivers in planning, preparing, and selling real estate successfully. Unlike other real estate agents, both Joe and Maryann hold the SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) designation, which requires specific educational training and recorded sales experience in working with seniors and caregivers. When you hire The Watson Team you will have patience, understanding, market knowledge, experience, and skilled negotiation on your side.

Senior Activities


Our programs enrich the lives of seniors and address the isolation that leads to depression, poor health habits, and lack of emotional and health-related support. Programs at the Center include a broad range of health and physical-activity-related services, arts and cultural activities, intergenerational programs, educational programs and opportunities for civic engagement.

This Senior Center offers free preventative health care screenings such as vision, hearing and podiatry along with free flu shots. Additionally, we run programs such as weekly exercise, wellness and line dancing classes, educational workshops and seminars pertaining to health and nutrition.

Senior Moving

Baby Boomer Movers works exclusively with seniors moving to retirement communities. We will help pack unpack, load and deliver your items safely and always with a smile.

A turn key solution from packing, cleaning, organizing, hauling, moving, assistance getting your home on the market, all the way to locating a TNTS certified realtor, even providing assistance with our care management services, or finding the home care company. TNTS will customize a solution that's fits your transitional needs.

Senior Services

Compassionate, caring and kind in helping Clients with downsizing and decisions around stuff; An Organized Life is committed to helping make the transition easier by making it as organized as possible. Serving Boston, Newton, Wellesley, Weston and the surrounding metrowest communities.

MASSVETSADVISOR.ORG is an easy-to-use online resource created by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that strives to serve the nearly half-million Veterans living in Massachusetts and their families.

We help our seniors with food shopping, organizing, paying the bills and anything that it might come up along the way. Our concierges are friendly, loving and always looking out for our clients. Having the peace of mind that someone is looking after your loved ones and checking in on them is priceless.

Local Attractions and Amenities

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